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Maquoketa Valley Community School District ensures high levels of learning to empower all students for lifelong success. Maquoketa Valley promotes lifelong learning by providing a variety of teaching styles and using multiple forms of assessment in order to increase student achievement. 100% of Maquoketa Valley families responding to a recent survey believe that Maquoketa Valley provides a good education for our children. Open Enrollment is an opportunity to join our engaging and focused learning community.

What is Open Enrollment? //

Open Enrollment is the process by which parents and guardians residing in an Iowa district may enroll their children into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and Iowa Administrative Code 281—chapter 17.

How to file for Open Enrollement? //

The parent/guardian must complete an application form that is available in the central office of Iowa school districts. The form is also available below under "Open Enrollment Forms & Handbooks."

The March 1st deadline for open enrollment has been eliminated. This change allows parents/guardians to apply for open enrollment at any time without the need for good cause. The receiving district may deny an open enrollment request if one of the following applies:

  • The application violates the district’s insufficient classroom space policy,
  • The district does not have the appropriate special education program,
  • The application would adversely affect the district’s implementation of a court-ordered desegregation plan, or
  • The student has been expelled or suspended.

If a parent/guardian moves and wishes for their student to continue at the original resident district under open enrollment (often known as the “continuation rule”), requests cannot be denied due to insufficient classroom space policies.

Parents of open enrolled students whose income falls below 160 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend.

Parents should be aware that open enrollment may result in the loss of athletic eligibility.

The Open Enrollment Form and Handbook are available below or on the Iowa Department of Education website.

Please contact the District Office with any questions: (563) 922-2091.

Policies, Forms, & Handbooks //

For complete Open Enrollment information, please visit the Iowa Department of Education Open Enrollment page.

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